Change in Adobe for Labs

An Adobe ID is now required to use Adobe software. Faculty and staff are licensed for Enterprise Adobe accounts, and can use these accounts to download and access the software on their own computers and in lab environments.  To create an Enterprise account, faculty and staff can visit the OIT website.

On shared devices and lab environments, students may use Creative Cloud in computer labs/classrooms that have the shared device license software installed. An Adobe ID is required to access this software. Students can create an Adobe ID on the Adobe website, or they can login with an existing Adobe ID.

Box to End Support for Sierra

Effective May 1, 2019, Box will no longer support Box Sync, Box Tools, Notes for Desktop and Box Drive on Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra). Box will continue to support Box on the latest two versions of Mac OS X (High Sierra and Mojave). To continue to receive Box support and the latest security patches, ensure your Mac System is upgraded to either OS X 10.14 (Mojave) or OS X 10.13 (High Sierra).

Kivuto Webstore Upgrade

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 the UA Kivuto webstore will be upgraded causing it to be unavailable from 7:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. This will only impact new downloads of VMware’s Academic Program. The download service will resume by 7:30 a.m.

MATLAB Seminar

Wednesday, Feb. 27 OIT will host MATLAB engineers for a high-performance computing seminar. The seminar will be held in North Lawn Hall 2009. Details about the seminar, as well as online registration will be provided soon! Stay tuned for more information.

OIT Seeks to Expand Office 365 Applications

Office 365 is available for free for students, faculty and staff at The University of Alabama. Currently, this includes software applications Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access. Beginning spring 2019, OIT will expand upon these applications to include additional applications. Before an application is made available, OIT performs rigorous testing with each application to ensure its functionality and compatibility with other UA systems. Learn more on the OIT software catalog.

Endnote X9 Now Available

Your favorite citation manager just got better! OIT is excited to provide the new EndNote X9 to students, faculty and staff at UA. This new version of EndNote includes enhanced reference-sharing capabilities and new reference types. To see a demonstration of EndNote X9, check out EndNote Training’s YouTube Channel.

EndNote is a citation management software that allows users to create customized libraries of references, and automatically create citations and bibliographies matching the requirements of the selected journal or style manual. Users can install EndNote on any personal or UA machine, and Endnote can also be accessed anywhere by using EndNote Online. To download Endnote X9, visit the OIT Software Catalog –

Please note that effective December 2018 OIT will no longer offer Endnote X7.  Endnote X8 will continue to be available on the OIT software catalog.

MATLAB Now Available

OIT is excited to now offer MATLAB to all students, faculty and staff at The University of Alabama. OIT has established a UA System-wide license agreement with MathWorks to provide MATLAB software, tutorials and support.

To download MATLAB, please visit our software webpage, and click the button – MATLAB Portal. Users will be redirected to the MATLAB portal designed for The University of Alabama. Through this portal, users can run the installer, view video tutorials and obtain software support.

Existing MATLAB users will follow the same procedure. Visit the portal, download the software and rerun the installer to obtain the new UA System licensed software. With the UA System license, users will receive the latest version of MATLAB with all the available toolboxes. This is very similar to the procedure MATLAB users follow to obtain new releases of the software.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or

Box Drive Update

This week, Box is pushing out a security update to Box Drive for Windows (version 1.13.84). The update will be rolled out automatically; however, users must accept the Box Drive update for it to be installed. Box has provided instructions on how to accept the Box Drive update –

Previous versions may stop working by June 26, so please accept the update when you receive notification that it is available.  Contact the IT Service Desk with any questions 205-348-5555.